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Hi I'm Allen

I spent 20 years seeking a church I could believe in. I found it. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm a single father of a beautiful daughter who is currentlly in college and two sons who are grown and off on their own. I have been a certified bicycle mechanic for 17 years. I like to skateboard, snowboard, bicycle, run, sail, SCUBA, rock climb, play my guitars, fish, and camp among other things. I guess you could say I like to keep active. I attended a local community college where I earned a certificate as a practical nurse though I'm not licensed or practicing at this time. I served twelve years in the U.S. Navy Submarine Force and traveled all over South and Central America and the Caribbean islands. I've been interested in archaeology for a very long time and one day hope to go back to school and pursue a degree in that field. I'm also a bit of a photographer. I love dance, especially ballet, though just about any form of the art interests me.

Why I am a Mormon

 I've spent most of the last 20 or so years of my life looking for the right church. I have tried a great number of different churches and different philosophical practices, all to no avail. It just seemed that there were always questions that I had that were left unanswered. I even had a recommendation from the minister of a church I attended to go to seminary but at the last minute, when I realized that I still had far too many questions that weren't being satisfactorily answered for me, I chose to not pursue that ordination path. I was walking past the local branch on a Sunday morning when I just got the urge to step inside and check it out. I was really impressed with how happy everyone there was. I liked the messages I was hearing. I felt the warmth and sincerity of the testimonies that were given. Still I decided to wait and mull it over a bit. I rode my bicycle by that branch every work day for several months and every so often, as I rode by, I would hear a small voice saying to me, "you are going to go to that church." I would just acknowledge it and ride on. Still thinking about the church I found that I felt drawn to it. Shortly afterward my daughter came home from college and mentioned to me that she'd met two missionaries at the college. After a few weeks she invited them to our house for a meeting. We had dinner and the missionaries gave us a lesson. I really liked what I heard from them. I was filled a sense of "being at home" in the words that they spoke. A number of meetings later and I knew that I'd found the church I was looking for. Questions I had had for so many years were being answered. I felt like I belonged here. I knew this was the church for me. In February of 2011 my daughter and I were both baptised and confirmed. I haven't looked back since. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has brought a fullness and happiness to my life that I had begun to think I'd never find.

How I live my faith

 So far, being so new to the church, I have assisted the missionaries whenever I can. I enjoy being able to help them to further their mission lending whatever aid I can whenever I am able to do so. I also like to visit folks in some of the local nursing homes where I can share my testimony.

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How can I know Mormonism is true?

 I had this same question when I first starting investigating the church. Simply put, ask God. Pray and in your prayer ask God if Mormonism is true. He will let you know.  Show more Show less